Lai awards film­mak­ers with Tainan ac­co­lades

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY CHI- HAO JAMES LO

Tainan Mayor Wil­liam Lai ( ) on Sun­day, April 19 pre­sented lo­cal film­mak­ers with recog­ni­tion, prizes and ac­co­lades dur­ing the awards cer­e­mony of the 2015 Tainan 39-hour Short Film Con­tes­ti­val (2015 39 ).

This year marks the fourth year the an­nual film fes­ti­val has been held, with Lai an avid sup­porter since the first one in 2012.

In his open­ing speech, Lai said that he is very happy for the con­tin­u­a­tion of the film fes­ti­val. Ac­cord­ing to the mayor, the fes­ti­val’s ge­n­e­sis was the idea of fea­tur­ing the “unique­ness” of Tainan.

Lai went on to say that it is thanks to the con­tri­bu­tions of lo­cal film pro­fes­sors like Liao Pen­jung ( ), the ef­forts of the event’s cre­ators Dayeh Uni­ver­sity ( ) as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor Till Di­etsche and his part­ner, Malaysian film­maker Lynne Tai ( ), and the help of in­di­vid­u­als such as Ber­lin In­ter­na­tional Short Film Fes­ti­val CEO Heinz Her­manns and the direc­tor of the Goethe In­sti­tute in Taipei Dr. Cle­mens Treter that such a vi­sion was able to come to fruition.

“We hope to fully uti­lize and in­cor­po­rate the unique el­e­ments of Tainan (into the films),” Lai said in his open­ing speech, “so that Tainan can not only be­come a cap­i­tal of cul­ture, but also a cre­ative city that fea­tures artis­tic civil ad­vance­ment. We also hope that the cre­ative minds of young peo­ple to­day achieve their dreams in this city.”

In his bilin­gual speech de­liv­ered in both Man­darin Chi­nese and English, Treter said that af­ter 50 years in Tai­wan, the Goethe In­sti­tute is proud to be­come a new part­ner and spon­sor of the “mean­ing­ful” film con­test. Treter went on to say that he loved what he saw dur­ing the screen­ing of the films, and the in­sti­tute will con­tinue to sup­port the film fes­ti­val in

the fu­ture.

Lo­cal N&M Stu­dio to Rep­re­sent

Tai­wan in Ber­lin

Af­ter 39 hours of non­stop film­ing and post pro­duc­tion, the judges of the con­test crowned lo­cal film­mak­ing team N&M Stu­dio’s film “D-Day” (

) as the win­ner of this year’s con­test. Lai per­son­ally awarded the team with the Tainan Gold Award, which con­sists of a cash price to the sum of NT$30,000, two plane tick­ets to Ber­lin and a guar­an­teed screen­ing of the film at the 31st Ber­lin In­ter­na­tional Short Film Fes­ti­val in Novem­ber.

Prior to re­ceiv­ing the big­gest award of the evening from the Tainan mayor, N&M Stu­dio first gar­nered enough sup­port from event view­ers to take home the Au­di­ence Choice Award from the Tainan City Gov­ern­ment Cul­tural Af­fairs Bureau Direc­tor Yeh Tse-shan ( ), mak­ing the team the big­gest win­ner in the en­tire con­tes­ti­val.

Dur­ing the N&M Stu­dio’s

ac- cep­tance speech, the team’s leader and direc­tor Chiu Heng-wei (

) said that he has been a part of the Tainan 39 Hours com­pe­ti­tion since the be­gin­ning, and the fes­ti­val is the rea­son why he has de­cided to fol­low his dream of be­com­ing a direc­tor.

Other win­ners in­cluded MEIMEIWAWA Mul­ti­me­dia (

) led by Esther Veronin who won the award for best cin­e­matog­ra­phy for their film “She Wore Red” ( ), while Laugh­ter Stu­dio took home best script for their film. “Call Me Hero” ( ). The award for best edit­ing went to team Jiu Hou Luan’s ( ) “Save Me” ( ), with Light Vi­su­als’ ( ) “Vi­cious Cir­cle” ( ) and Ah Cheng & Ah Zheng’s ( ) “A Man From Kun Shen” ( ) tak­ing home best sound and the spe­cial jury award re­spec­tively.

Photo Cour­tesy of Rich J. Mathe­son

Tainan Mayor Wil­liam Lai ( ), cen­ter, and Tainan City Gov­ern­ment Cul­tural Af­fairs Bureau Direc­tor Yeh Tse-shan ( ), far right, pose with win­ners, event or­ga­niz­ers and judges of the 2015 Tainan 39-hour Short Film Con­tes­ti­val on Sun­day April 19. This year is the fourth in which the an­nual film fes­ti­val has been held, with Lai an avid sup­porter since it was first cre­ated in 2012.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Taiwan

© PressReader. All rights reserved.